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>> reporter: the case started back in january when a member of the crew slipped a note to a customs inspector. grew into an investigation that grew into evidence of a sophisticated plot to dump waste, oil and sludge into the ocean off u.s. shores. unless you worked aboard a ship you probably don't have any idea what any of this is or what it does. these are cell phone pictures taken by a crewman aboard the merchant vessel arhona. it shows how a 103-foot hose was bypassed a storage system to dump 6, 000 gallons of oil into the ocean. >> if you think about what is going on here you've got a ship out in the middle of the ocean at night turning a valve that releases this pollution overboard. it's extraordinarily difficult to detect. >> reporter: it got detected because of this note. a filipino crewman slipped this to a customs inspector after the ship docked in our area. the note says the crewman was ordered by the chief's engineer
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to dump the hose. the coast guard, epa and other federal agencies acted quickly and were able to seize the equipment used to bypass the normal waste oil system. >> the phlange would go in the hose here where you take your clamps, put the clamps over the hose, slide the phlange and tighten the clamps down to secure it. so nothing would leak. around the area. >> then it would go out from there to the ocean? >> correct. from the -- from the connection to the overboard discharge. >> reporter: federal prosecutors say they don't think any of the oil was actually dumped in the chesapeake bay but while the ship was out of the ocean which violates u.s. law. the company that owns the ship has been fined more than $4 million with $750,000 willing to fund projects to help protect the bay. the feds say unfortunately for every ship at the catch there
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are others out there that are still polluting an they encourage sailors to tell. >> there's a provision that whistleblowers, people who bring this information to the attention of authorities can receive a portion of the fine, a reward for blowing the whistle on their employers. >> reporter: the four crewmen who blew the whistle on this stayed in the u.s. for several months while the investigation in the case wept to court. the guy with the note got $250,000 and the other three will split another $2 50,000. the chief engineer on the ship that ordered the hose to be hooked up has been banned for five years from working on any ship that comes into u.s. waters. roosevelt leftwich, abc2 news. baltimore city firefighters are trying to determine what caused a fire that forced the family to jump to safety this morning. the fire broke out around 6:00 this morning in a single-family home near the intersection of northern parkway and falls road in north baltimore. officials say when crews arrived the home was fully involved, six people were inside at the time including a
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57-year-old mother who jumped from an attic window. two of the girls said they also jumped from the window to get to safety. we could have made it to the pool but there's the -- the fire right there shooting at us. as we were jumping the windows were breaking and the fire was coming out of the windows. if we would have been on the rof a moment later the roof would have given way. we had to jump now. >> the mother was taken to a local hospital. there's no word on her condition tonight. tonight, a viewing will be held for joseph d'entremont, the 14-year-old fallston boy hit and killed saturday in bel air. the viewing began 6:00 and goes to 9:00 tonight at the mountain christian church in joppa. another viewing takes place tomorrow from 10:00 a.m. to noon. the funeral will follow. schools in baltimore county have taken a stand against bullying. today in essex comedian keith
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delzano gave students tips on how how handle bullying at school and on-line. it starts with respecting one another and dealing with differences. >> i think there are always issues with students throughout the grades, especially in the middle schools as students interact with each other in more adult ways. i think the big message is not to judge another, to take everyone and accept them for who they are. >> there's a workshop getting underway tonight on bullying, 7:00 at kenwood high school in essex. weatherwise today, fantastic stuff. as we finished up the last full day of summer, 2010. tomorrow we'll change seasons, late in the evening, 11 p.m. then fall kicks in thursday. 57 at the moment downtown. 75. 72 annapolis. cambridge 77 and 78 hagerstown. the entire east coast just crystal clear right now.
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you have to get way up into chicagoland to find any kind of active weather. so even tomorrow, i think we're looking at a nice day in the early hours, we're talking about a cool start but then 83 by lunchtime and 87 late in the afternoon. fall begins tomorrow night and we'll talk about this first days of fall straight ahead. they look awfully warm. how hot? it's coming up. baltimore city police commissioner fred bealefeld met today with security personnel for universities and large hospitals to review emergency response plans. the meeting comes in the wake of last week's shooting at johns hopkins hospital that left a doctor injured and an elderly woman dead. the gunman, killed his mother and himself. people living in baltimore county are doing everything they can to prepare in the event of a disaster. they are taking part in neighbors helping neighbors. volunteers will learn about how to assist individuals with disabilities and many other important issues. the five training sessions will
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be held every tuesday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the woodlawn fire station number three at 7223 windsor mill road. the next workshop is scheduled for tonight. now the latest on that problem that turned up at a public library in frederick county. a worker found bedbugs in a pair of children's books. the employee bagged up the books and took them outside and now the county has hired exterminators to ensure that all the libraries are free of the blood-sucking insects. >> we also immediately decided to go ahead and treat all eight of our libraries as well as our two book mobiles and our delivery van with exterminator materials to make sure that there was not an issue with anything making its way into the building. >> reporter: as for the bagged books and bugs workers placed them in a box truck with the hope the temperature, when
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it reaches 120 degrees will kill the pests. it's estimated that 100,000 people use the county's libraries each month. sid sidwell friends is attended by many elite including president obama's daughters. one teacher sentenced to five years' probation. prosecutors say peterson taught the boy in middle school and invited him to his home where peterson touched the boy inappropriately. he was fired from sidwell friends in january. the state has launched a new tool on a web site to help people find jobs. governor martin o'malley announced an expansion of the maryland work force exchange which identifies jobs in realtime by industry and location. the announcement comes as the u.s. labor department announced
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that maryland's unemployment rate rose from 7.1% to 7.3% in july and august. if you live in the city the world's number one retailer wants to serve you better. wal-mart is planning an aggressive push into urban markets with smaller stores that are a fraction of the size of some of the wal-mart supercenters. cities including san francisco, new york, will soon see test stores pop up, they are called market side. the new format focuses on fresh food, pharmacies, beauty and pet supply departments but we'll have to wait and see how things turn out there before the many wal-martings come to charm city. you don't have to wait to sound off. og on to and tell us if you think the smaller stores should come to baltimore city. and if you think they will work here. tell us why or why not. you can find that on it's a painful problem that
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most older people deal with daily. imagine being a 7-year-old child with rheumatoid arthritis. hear one family's struggle with the ailment. plus, on any given sunday willis mcgahee works really hard for the ravens. tonight, you'll hear why he's working even harder for a local family. >> in a word, seasonable for the last full day of summer. 77, the normal high, what we hit today. 77 was your 2-degree guarantee. we have a weather winner. randy mathis, congratulations to you. you get an abc2 news storm umbrella. how do the first days of fall shape up?
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the story of the stefani family, your typical family but for almost a year their dad has been confined to a wheelchair. abc2 news lament williams has the story of how they are getting a well deserved gift
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from ravens running back willis mcgahee. >> reporter: what does an nfl running back, a college football coach, a high school football coach and a former collegiate player have in common? >> they have a connection as far as being on the football field, just being part of a great group of guys. >> reporter: joe stefani is a former football player and ravens fan. in 2009, two disks in his lower back bulged and compressed his spinal cord. the pressure along with an infectious abscess left him a quadriplegic. bills started to mount and for he and his family, living in a home not handicapped accessible made life even more difficult. >> we're in desperate need of renovations to the home to make our lives listenable. >> reporter: he played football at loyola and collegiately at towson. during his playing days he had
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no way of knowing the football that he played would be the tie that binds his recovery and coping with the paralysis he faces. >> the spring before my senior year, dislocated hip and fractured pelvis. no more football. i am the poster child to get everything now because it can be taken from you in a heart beat >> reporter: he got in touch with reservoir high school football coach rick trott who got in touch with willis mcgahee who got in touch with area realtors. they are to do a makeover to his home to make it accessible to his needs. >> we'll see a daddy not confined to a medical bed or wheelchair. he'll be in a wide open space. interacting with them. >> we have the ability and you don't make a difference? there's something wrong with you. >> my mom and grandmother say i know what it is to be on the outside of the game. >> reporter: for that, joe is grateful.
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in churchville, lamont williams, abc2 news. >> great story. two of the most beloved baltimoreans gave a way that will benefit the city and world for years to come. today the lyric opera house was officially renamed as the patricia and arthur modell performing art center at the at the lyric. they donated $3.5 million to the theater. at today's dedication mrs. modell told everyone why they were compelled to make this donation. >> i love the theater. i always have. it brings great joy to people, especially in times like now. we need as much joy as we can have. in just two hours of a football game, throw that in - [ laughter ] - and going to the theater. you come out and you feel better. you feel stronger. >> the money ensures completion of extensive renovations expected to be finished by next
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fall. the lyric hasn't changed its name since it opened in 1894. seasonable, 77, our average high. we were in the upper 70s today. the last day of summer, 2010 day, last full day. tomorrow we're changing seasons, just past 11:00 p.m. at night. most of the day technically in summer. and then our first full day of paul coming thursday and again on friday. second day of fall. we'll get hot, pushing to 90 or so. you feel you want to get off the sweater? hold off. it's coming. good news for people that love the cold, farmers almanac saying a cold and snowy winter ahead. if you don't like the 90s coming up this week think of that. you'll know what is coming. let's look outside now. we've got a gorgeous night in the harbor. i believe that the coast guard
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cutter there. just a nice-looking night. 73 degrees, humidity 46% and winds southeast at 8 miles per hour. still got daylight left but those days getting shorter. towson this morning, beautiful day. all sunshine and as we put our weathernet camera in motion you can see the skies brightening up pretty nicely, then we saw just a little bit of a breeze shifting out of the south and southeast today. not as windy as yesterday though. the winds were a lot warmer coming from the south. post-card looking shot towards middletown in frederick county. so to the west today beautiful sunny skies were the rule as well. want to show you also some of the highs today. mid to upper 70s, that was the rule. again, that is very seasonable for this part of late september. exactly what we would expect. right now temperatures have cooled off just a bit. 73 at bwi marshall. we've got 72 dover. and 80 in winchester. winds have been averaging around eight to 10 to 14 miles per hour this evening. so not particularly gusty but a little bit of a breeze coming
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from the south. so, humidities dry now but tomorrow that south breeze will kick in in even more force, allowing humidity to begin to climb. skies crystal clear now. that will hold up into the overnight but as we go into the morning hours tomorrow clouds will begin to build in out of the west and it's all courtesy of this next approaching weather system putting down showers and thunderstorms now across iowa back in through chicago, that whole ball of wax will continue to come our way. but we're going to get more of a glancing blow than anything, looks like and that will not come until probably testimony evening. so the day tomorrow looks dry, high pressure offshore, moving east a little bit. we'll get in the warm flow on the back side of it. and that system approaching from the west will mean the possibility for a few showers and thunderstorms tomorrow night. it's rain we can use but as we look at the at on the computer model it looks like a slim chance we'll be short-lived tomorrow evening. looks like we dry out again thursday under partly cloudy skies and temperatures really begin to push up closer to 90 thursday and friday.
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tropical storm lisa, looking a little more organized here off the african continent but still thousands of miles away. from any concern to land here in the east. so we'll continue to watch it but at this moment in time that is all that is out there in the tropics. overnight tonight, clear and cool but not as frigid. last night some spots down to 40 degrees. tomorrow, 87, 2-degree guarantee, much warmer day on tap. tomorrow night, chance for showers around here. we can use them. so we hope we get them. other than that, clearing overnight and that sets the stage for more good weather, thursday, friday. warm weather, pushing chose to 90 thursday, friday, for the first days of fall. this weekend looks cooler as we drop into the 80s and then down in the 70s for sunday. kelly? coming up tonight at 11:00 -- there's an app for just about everything but a couple puts their i-pad to good use when their baby decided to say hello these weeks early. hear how the high-tech toy helped bring their child into the world.
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plus, a man went to his doctor with some sudden vision problems. what his doctor found has only happened a handful of times in the entire world. you won't believe what it is. that and much more coming up tonight at 11:00. it's a common misconception. is that kids don't get arthritis. in fact they do but there are only 200 specialists in the entire country who can treat the nearly 300,000 children living with juvenile arthritis. dr. san tbd jajgupta has more. >> there are a lot of pieces to put together. i haven't got it all figured out. >> reporter: isabella seems like your typical 7-year-old. >> i like to run around and play with my friends. >> reporter: along with that fun, sometimes comes pain. >> i don't really know when i
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overdo it. i only know after, like, sometimes the next day. >> reporter: when she was just 12 months old isabella was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis. >> these are children who have joint pain, joint swelling and limitation. >> straighten it. >> reporter: eye inflammation is sometimes a part of disease. there are often no symptoms. so regular exams are crucial. >> ongoing eye information can lead to cataracts, glaucoma, visual loss and even blindness. >> reporter: treatments include anti-inflammatory drugs, pain relievers, medications to suppress the immune system to control the arthritis. being active is also key. >> the most important thing is to prevent progression of the arthritis so that you don't have damage down the line. >> reporter: preventing, slowing damage. one step at a time. for today's "health minute," i'm dr. sanjay. students at mcdonogh are clapping cancer out of their loved ones' lives.
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today more than 300 flashed in their pink gloves while dancing to "we're all in this together." it kicks off mcdonogh's push to support komen's maryland race for the cure and increase cancer awareness. they were inspired by the peace glove dance video which has gone viral on youtube. we'll be right back.
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if they have their way, we're facing a mountain of debt and a massive tax increase. employers will continue to leave our state, taking their jobs with them.
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the next four years will impact the next decade, so we've put together a road map to 2020. a plan that brings jobs back to maryland by reducing spending and lowering taxes. let's make the maryland we love not just good, but great. now let's get down to work. old gibbs canning company. today these factories are full of dot com businesses. and now my job is helping maryland create new economy jobs.
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training new math and science teachers investing in our institutions of excellence pioneering new cyber security jobs and giving an old gm plant a jump start building electric motors. i'm barbara mikulski. i approve this message so you'll know i'm fighting for you.
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here's a look at that evening forecast. we're in the 70s now, going to the 60s in the next couple of hours. clear skies, and quick look out there now, sun setting and as the days are getting shorter, not bad. we'll enjoy the rest of the evening here, why not? >> you can be a traffic reporter, too. >> apparently so. i was going to show you the hour by hour tomorrow. a warm day, 80s, enjoy it. >> tomorrow night at 11:00. >> we're back tonight at 11:00.
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bob ehrlich pretends to be for the working guy... but he's not on our side. i thought i knew bob ehrlich, but then i found out... he raised property taxes on every maryland family... and business. he increased college tuition... by 40%. 40%. and i thought i knew bob ehrlich. he was against raising the minimum wage. made $2.5 million... working for a lobbying firm. $2.5 million? he's not really on my side. with this tough economy, we really need a governor on our side.
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